Fines from red light cameras in Norfolk begin Monday morning


by Joe Flanagan

Posted on December 8, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 8 at 7:41 PM

NORFOLK, VA -- Monday will mark a major change in the way the City of Norfolk approaches some traffic violations.

Norfolk's newest traffic cameras are at the intersection of Brambleton Ave. and St. Paul's Blvd., and at the intersection of  Little Creek Rd.and Chesapeake Blvd.  On Monday morning, the city will start handing out fifty dollar fines for red light runners.

Many people are unhappy about the city’s decision to utilize red light cameras.

"That's not good,” said Bob Finton. “That's not good because that picks the pocket of the small man."

Cagney's Restaurant is located at this intersection. Cassidy Yasika has worked here for the five years they've been opened there.

"So, my worry is if you are half under that and the light turns red and you get a ticket that's so unfair. And I have been told that's what's going to happen," said Yasika

Not everyone agreed with those negative assessments. "I think it's a good thing.  It might take a while, but it will slow some people down and maybe it will cause less accidents, and maybe my car insurance won't go up quite as ridiculously high as it is now," commented Norfolk driver David Holmes.

One person told us that just because they stopped ahead of the crosswalk line, the cameras caught them three times this week.

"That seems to be the law that's going around the country now. They are trying to stop people from going over the crosswalk and hitting pedestrians. I think that's what it is for," added Norfolk driver Curtis Cole.

900 violators have been warned so far as a result of violations recorded at these two new locations.  Monday morning, the warnings go away and the fifty dollar fines take effect.